Myanmar defeated Malaysia in AFF Suzuki Cup Group play

Myanmar’s defender Nanda Kyaw (L) and Malaysia’s midfielder Mohamadou Sumareh (#13) fight for the ball during the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 football match between Malaysia and Myanmar at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala yesterday. Photo:AFP
Myanmar’s defender Nanda Kyaw (L) and Malaysia’s midfielder Mohamadou Sumareh (#13) fight for the ball during the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 football match between Malaysia and Myanmar at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala yesterday. Photo:AFP

Myanmar was defeated by Malaysia 0-3 in yesterday’s AFF Suzuki Cup Group match at Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The lineup for Myanmar included goalkeeper cum captain Kyaw Zin Htet, Zaw Min Tun, Nanda Kyaw, Soe Moe Kyaw, Win Moe Kyaw, Hlaing Bo Bo, Lwin Moe Aung, Maung Maung Soe, Si Thu Aung, Maung Maung Lwin and Aung Thu.
Malaysia dominated the second half with their careful play. Although Myanmar took advantage of their speed at the beginning of the match, its strikers could not penetrate their opponent’s defence line.
Two goals were scored in the first half by Malaysia’s Norshhrul Idlan at 26 minute and Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak at 45 minutes on penalties which affected the spirit of Myanmar players, as they were no longer able to display their original skills, especially in the second half.
Myanmar attempted to equalize in the second half, but Myanmar midfielders and strikers were unable to grab every chance for goals.
Malaysia again threatened the Myanmar side just before the final whistle, as Malaysia’s Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak again scored the third goal for his team to end the match.
With this loss, Myanmar was eliminated from the AFF Suzuki Cup Group Stage by 7 points, and Malaysia stepped up to second place by earning 9 points, with Viet Nam in first place with 10 points.—Lynn Thit (Tgi)

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